'Frankenstorm' Sandy Halts NY-Based Productions
By BRYAN LYNN
October 29, 2012
Even though sunny Hollywood is nearly 3,000 miles away from ferocious Hurricane Sandy, the industry is still feeling effects from the so-called Frankenstorm that is currently pelting the U.S. Northeast with high winds and flooding rains.
Several New York-based TV and movie productions were shut down Monday as the storm intensified. Among the TV cancellations were Comedy Central's The Daily Show with John Stewart and Stephen Colbert's The Colbert Report. Jimmy Kimmel Live! -- which is currently airing from New York -- canceled its Monday taping.
"Due to stupid Hurricane Sandy and in the interest of the safety of our studio audience, Jimmy Kimmel Live! will not broadcast tonight from the Harvey Theatre at Brooklyn Academy of Music," the show said in a statement. "We are hopeful to be back on the air tomorrow night with Howard Stern, Tracy Morgan and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings."
NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and CBS' The Late Show with David Letterman were expected to host their late night shows Monday night, but without audience members.
ABC's talk show The View also halted production on Monday, as confirmed in a tweet by co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. "Today's show is a re-run. I am not at work. I am with my family," she said. ET's own New York office was closed on Monday to give employees the chance to evacuate and prepare for the storm.
Other shows suspending production due to the storm included The Good Wife, Person of Interest, 30 Rock, Nurse Jackie, Smash, Special Victims Unit, Celebrity Apprentice, 666 Park Avenue, Elementary and Gossip Girl.
The most ironic shutdown was on the set of Darren Aronofsky's movie drama Noah, which follows the biblical account of Noah (played by Russell Crowe), who builds a huge ark to escape a massive flood. One of the movie's huge ships is currently sitting in water in Oyster Bay, N.Y., which is currently in the path of the hurricane.